Antique Doorknobs: How to Reuse Vintage Doorknobs

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Collect vintage doorknobs to accent different areas of your home with eclectic decor.
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A mid-century “Starburst” 8-day windup clock adorns a wall inside Whistle Stop Antiques.
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This 1960s English Wedgwood china has a striking “Kimono” pattern.
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Marilyn Clevenger, one of Whistle Stop’s 36 antique dealers, stands outside the store.
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Dee Richardson sits with a bucket of vintage glass doorknobs.
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Whistle Stop Antiques has an array of early 1900s rockers.

We found the antique doorknobs on our May/June 2010 cover at Whistle Stop Antiques in Santa Rosa, California, the oldest antique collective in Sonoma County. Partner Dee Richardson offers these ideas for reusing beautiful vintage knobs.

1. Mount on a piece of wood for a unique coat hanger.

2. Fill a glass bowl for an interesting centerpiece.

3. Use as curtain rod finials, on bed posts or to fasten lampshades.